There have always been folk remedies, natural cures, and good old-fashioned chicken soup to compete with mainstream medicine. With the rise of information technology, folk medicine has been growing exponentially. It’s easier for people to access expert opinion outside of the gated channels.
Technology has also made it easier for people to conduct their own experiments and to reproduce those of others for a true peer review system that can’t hide behind a wall of false authority.
At best, this gives people access to obscure and hard to find information that the mainstream would otherwise forbid. At worst, the Internet becomes a breeding ground for bad information. Fortunately, bad ideas don’t last very long in the all-inclusive light of the web.
These channels have made things like the medicinal properties of hemp oil all but impossible to hide. People are hungry for valuable health-related information that mainstream medicine will never lend its blessing to. Other simple examples like the inflammation reducing powers of basil and the anti-microbial properties of oregano have become valuable resources for homespun wellness ideas.
Other great advances in folk medicine include the ability to see through dangerous interventions the medical community refuses to give up such as NSAIDS, the myth of cholesterol, and the hidden truth about the nutritional necessity of natural sea salt.
Every day, we’re learning the benefits of natural treatments for so many things that plague us. Who would have believed that plants can help us sleep better? It’s true. Check out what putting a couple of pretty potted plants in your bedroom can do for your health and sleep in the video below.